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Staff Tackle the Coast for Charity

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Over two weekends in June, King’s Hall staff members Antonia Cheeseman and Siobhan Keeling took in the breath-taking sights of the Jurassic Coast as they completed two separate walking challenges.

Head of Learning Strategies, Antonia, was joined by her two sisters, for the Jurassic Coast Challenge. The trio, who referred to themselves as the ‘Kirby Krawlers’, navigated the 42km trek in aid of the British Heart Foundation, a charity that is close to their family.

Antonia and her sisters began their walk in Weymouth, passing over the famous Chesil Beach and its surrounding coastlines, before finishing in the lively town of Bridport. As a result of their efforts, the group raised a fantastic £985, smashing their initial target of £750.

“We managed the challenge in good time, in spite of a few injuries” said Antonia. “Luckily, we were blessed with good weather. This really helped to lift our spirits – especially during the final few miles!”

Following in her footsteps, so to speak, was School Nurse, Siobhan Keeling. Siobhan undertook Macmillan’s Mighty Hike with dear friend and former King’s Hall parent, Marianne Parr. The duo hiked from Weymouth to Wareham, covering a total of 26 miles along the challenging but magnificent coast.

Commenting, she said: “Over the years, Marianne and I have walked our dogs together and toyed with the idea of completing a challenge. As we have friends who are living with cancer, we thought the Macmillan hike would be a great way to support them. Macmillan do amazing work, providing not only physical and emotional support, but also financial advice to patients and their families. We were very proud to be backing this cause."

She added: “The walk itself was life-affirming and lots of fun. It was great to meet people from all different backgrounds but who were all there for the same reason. I would highly recommend this walk, or any charity walk for that matter, to those looking for their next big challenge."

So far, the pair have raised over £1200, with donations still coming in.


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